Twitter wants you to tweet to interest-based communities, not just followers

Twitter is a useful place for following breaking news and keeping up with what the people you’re already interested in are doing, but its relative dearth of discovery features and a lack of organized community spaces make it pretty hard to connect with anyone you aren’t actively seeking out. The company is thinking about changing …

Headout raises $12M, plans to hire 150+ people as domestic travel rebounds

The travel industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and startup Headout was no exception. A marketplace that let tourists make same-day bookings for tours, events and activities, the app expanded around the world after launching in 2015. Then COVID-19 hit. But business is growing again thanks to rebounds in domestic travel and …

How to install the latest Android 12 beta — A step by step guide

Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority After going through the early developer preview phase, the fifth Android 12 beta is here. The latest Android 12 beta is a release candidate, meaning the stable launch is next. Google says its main goal is to make Android 12 “more intuitive, better performing, and more secure.” You can …

Peloton’s CEO and chief content officer are coming to Disrupt

It’s been a wildly unprecedented year and a half by any metric. The pandemic has utterly transformed many industries and made or broken others. In the world of technology, however, few categories were as well positioned to embrace a changed world than connected fitness. The space was well on its way prior to the arrival …

‘Thin file’ loans startup Koyo closes $50M Series A led by Force Over Mass

Koyo, a fintech startup using open banking to offer loans to people with poor credit histories, has closed a Series A funding round of $50m in debt and equity led by Force Over Mass, with participation from existing investors Forward Partners, Frontline Ventures and Seedcamp. New investors in Koyo include Force Over Mass, Matt Robinson …

Spotify playlist curators complain about ongoing abuse that favors bad actors over innocent parties

A number of Spotify playlist curators are complaining that the streaming music company is not addressing the ongoing issue of playlist abuse, which sees bad actors reporting playlists that have gained a following in order to give their own playlists better visibility. Currently, playlists created by Spotify users can be reported in the app for …

Thoma Bravo takes a stake in threat intelligence provider Intel 471

Private equity giant Thoma Bravo has taken a stake in Intel 471, a provider of cyber threat intelligence for enterprises and governments. The strategic growth investment, which comes as organizations double-down on cybersecurity amid a pandemic-fueled rise in cyber threats, will enable Intel 471 to evolve its product suite, broaden its go-to-market strategy and continue …

You told us: Most of you are already paying for lossless music streaming

Lossless music streaming has been a fixture on major streaming services in the last couple of years, coming a long way from Tidal being the only major service to offer the feature. Nowadays, the likes of Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer all offer lossless music streaming. You have to pay extra for this feature …

Sila Nanotechnologies’ battery technology will launch in Whoop wearables

Sila Nanotechnologies’ next-generation battery technology made its commercial product debut Wednesday in the new Whoop fitness tracker, a milestone that caps a decade of research and development by the Silicon Valley startup, all aimed at cracking the code to packing more energy into a cell at a lower cost. Billions have been spent over the …

Wednesday’s best deals: Apple Magic Keyboard from $111, AirTag Leather Loop $29, more

We’ve made it halfway through the week with all of today’s best deals following suit. First up, a rare discount has dropped Apple’s Magic Keyboards to as low as $111 alongside an all-time low on the AirTag Leather Loop at $29. That’s alongside the latest Anker iPhone accessory sale from $13. Hit the jump for …